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OMG !!! "Groundhog Day- Part II" Starring Dan Hawkins

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by InTheBuff, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. InTheBuff

    InTheBuff Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
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    This article could have been written today. Exchange some names and it makes perfect sense. Too bad it happened 3+ yrs ago :wow:
    What a joke :cry::sad2::sad1:

    Give Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins this much: If some of his
    peers were asked, as Hawkins was Sunday night, whether they were
    playing their best players, they would react with scowls and growls.
    Hawkins absorbed the question in stride and answered patiently. He
    said he could understand why a layman watching CU games this season
    from the stands or the press box might be scratching his head when he
    sees, for example, former walk-ons Cody Crawford and Nick Holz lined up
    at wide receiver with players such as Blake Mackey, Dusty Sprague,
    Alvin Barnett and Patrick Williams watching from the sidelines.
    "We're definitely trying to play the best guys," Hawkins said. "Why
    would we not?
    "When you look at the best players, there is a lot that goes into
    that. When you're building a championship football program, there are
    certain things that have to go into that. You have certain standards
    and all that.
    "...It's not just about who is the fastest or who's the biggest or
    who's the strongest. It's who, A, can execute and do all those things.
    There are obviously little nuances all the time that happen in a
    football game that people don't necessarily notice, but as coaches you
    look at them. Why would we not want to do that? Why would we want to
    have our worst players on the field? That doesn't make any sense."
    Hawkins also said the Buffs are relying on a lot of walk-ons or
    former walk-ons this season, in part out of necessity, based on the
    state of the roster they inherited. Hawkins said he is five
    scholarships down.
    The Buffs are 0-6 and still looking for their first win under
    Hawkins after a loss in triple overtime to the Baylor Bears on
    Saturday. They have tied the program's record for the longest losing
    streak at 10 consecutive games, and they have the third-longest active
    losing streak in the country.
    Hawkins has withheld playing time as a way to send a message to
    underachievers and players who don't consistently bring the proper
    level of intensity and toughness to practices.
    He's not about to apologize for his philosophies or change a formula
    that has proven to be successful at every stop in his coaching
    The problem here and now, however, is that his team can't
    consistently pass the ball, and it is especially challenged to do so in
    situations where opponents are expecting it.
    The Buffs found themselves in just such a situation at the end of
    the fourth quarter against Baylor. They had two timeouts, the ball on
    their 23-yard line and Mason Crosby's leg needing only 29 yards to have
    a legitimate shot at a winning field goal.
    Hawkins went conservative and played for overtime, demonstrating a
    lack of faith in his offense to get the job done. Part of that decision
    is based on the inexperience of quarterback Bernard Jackson, and part
    of it is based on a receiving corps that has been unable to
    consistently make big plays or even produce a player who is consistent
    from week to week.
    Jackson spent the past three years riding the pine at CU before
    earning the starting job in Week 2 this year. He knows a thing or two
    about the frustration of watching from the sidelines when a player
    believes he could be helping.
    Jackson was also asked Sunday whether coaches are surrounding him
    with his most talented offensive teammates.
    "It's hard to say," Jackson said. "I think so, given the opportunity
    we had this past week. It's every week we're in a position to make big
    plays no matter who is in."
    Mackey, a senior who led the Buffs in total reception yardage in the
    2004 season and missed 2005 with a knee injury, hasn't caught a ball
    yet this season. He said he is struggling to understand exactly what
    more he can do to prove himself to Hawkins and wide receivers coach
    Eric Kiesau.
    "I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to do that. So there is only one
    thing to do. Keep fighting and keep making plays in practice and
    hopefully, I can do it in the game. Hopefully, I get a chance.
    "They are the ones who decide who is the best, and it's their
    opinion that matters I guess. My opinion probably doesn't matter I
    guess in this situation because I'm not making the decisions, but I
    definitely feel like I can help the team win. I definitely feel like I
    can do some of the things I did before."
  2. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

    Oct 13, 2009
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    I clicked on it earlier today and didn't notice the year it was written. It had me fooled until I ran into the names of Mackey, Crawford, Sprague and the like.

    Freakin deja vu, man. Deja vu...

    Going Sinker...I really do need to buy a membership!
  3. BuffGuy91

    BuffGuy91 Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
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    That's scary. It is this type of Hawkinism that pisses me off. It is because of a philosophy like this that has gotten DH in to the **** that he is in now. I feel bad for the guy at times and then I read this and I end up throwing that out the window. One would think that after 3 loosing seasons that he would get a clue, but that hasn't happened.
  4. Bolond

    Bolond Member

    Oct 10, 2009
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    Pony and Crawford. I still miss the dynamics that those two brought to our offense during that glorious 2006 season.
  5. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

    Dec 21, 2007
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    I sent that article to Joel Klatt about a month ago... creepy

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